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The Legacy of Agent Orange: A Conversation about Risks and Responsibility

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Conversation between US historian and pharmacist Amy Hay, political activist and freelance trainer Nga Le, who grew up in Germany and was born in Vietnam, and Christian Lahnstein, a member of an international reinsurance company. The discussion centers on the destructive force of Agent Orange and the fact that the impact and consequences of this herbicide have met with such little concern in the international arena. Agent Orange got its name from the orange band that marked the storage barrels of this herbicide mixture. It was used by the US military to defoliate the jungles during the Vietnam War. The three interviewees came together in Munich on several occasions to discuss their research and thoughts with environmental historian Christof Mauch of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society.
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Document Type: Discussion

Publication date: April 1, 2014

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  • The half-yearly journal Global Environment: A Journal of History and Natural and Social Sciences acts as a forum and echo chamber for ongoing studies on the environment and world history, with special focus on modern and contemporary topics. Our intent is to gather and stimulate scholarship that, despite a diversity of approaches and themes, shares an environmental perspective on world history in its various facets, including economic development, social relations, production government, and international relations.
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